Thursday, June 6, 2013

Celebrity Toons: Scooby-Doo meets Jerry Reed (1972)

From season 1 of The New Scooby-Doo Movies comes "The Phantom of the Country Music Hall", with actor-singer Jerry Reed as the guest of the week. Without so much as saying so, the Mystery Inc. team might as well be at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for this adventure. Reed sings "Pretty Mary Sunshine", which was originally recorded, I think, by Austin Roberts for season 2 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, since the original version had a similar vocal as Roberts' faux-British accented cover of the theme song. Reed's version of "Pretty Mary" would later appear on the "Scooby's Snack Tracks" CD several years later.

Reed fit the intra-network crossover pattern in that he had his own variety show some months prior, also on CBS.

Rating: B.


magicdog said...

I always liked this version of Pretty Mary Sunlight and I'm disappointed Reed never did a proper recording for one of his albums - it certainly could have charted.

Reed's characterization was also pleasant.

It was also a nice touch at the very end of this toon when Shag & Scooby sing the lyrics to Reed's hit, "When You Hot You're Hot, When You're Not You're Not!"

hobbyfan said...

Holy Golden Throat! I should've remembered that, but then again, 4 years later, Casey Kasem (Shaggy) officially qualified for Golden Throat status for his solo on "The Scooby-Doo Show" theme.

Shoot, the only advantage Scott Innes had on Casey as Shaggy was that he was a better singer (Scooby & the Alien Invaders). Well, not by much.